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BOONE — Appalachian State University's Athletics Department is currently investigating video footage of multiple student-athletes apparently engaging in a fight over the weekend.

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HIGH COUNTRY — Winter ends and spring begins with the vernal equinox at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, according to the National Weather Service.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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JEFFERSON — The driver of a moped was pronounced dead after being transported to Johnson City Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained during a crash Tuesday, Feb. 26. Edlynn D. Young was pronounced dead March 3, according to Young’s niece, Janey Hawkins.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County Superior Court was held March 11, with five different people on the docket facing nine total charges. Victoria L. Goodman, Earl D. Marmie, Tony G. Miller, Jennifer K. Walton and Allison K. Wright had their cases heard.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County Sheriff B. Phil Howell appeared before the Ashe County Board of Commissioners to discuss two departmental changes during the board’s meeting in the county courthouse at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18.

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JEFFERSON — State champion student athletes and a longtime county staff member were recognized at the Ashe County Board of Commissioners regular meeting on the third floor of the courthouse at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, March 14, at the Ashe County Courthouse, where more than 125 charges were heard. Christopher S. Church, Rickey L. Ellison, Richard W. Greer, Mason C. Harris and Wesley S. Pennington were among those whose cases were seen.

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Public health staff, in partnership with Ashe County Animal Control, are working together to notify the community of two confirmed rabies cases found in skunks. There are no human exposures at this time.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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WEST JEFFERSON — A man and woman from Wilkes County were arrested March 9 by the West Jefferson Police Department and face larceny-related charges and multiple counts of contributing to the delinquency of minors.

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JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Education, Ashe County Schools Superintendent Phyllis Yates and ACS Finance Officer Amanda Coldiron met to discuss 2019-20 school budget requests Thursday, March 7.

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WEST JEFFERSON — A juvenile arrest has been made by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office in connection with threatening graffiti found in the girl’s restroom at Ashe County High School March 5, according to a release from Ashe County Sheriff B. Phil Howell.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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RALEIGH — Lansing was among the 24 communities located in smaller, rural counties across the state selected by the N.C. Department of Commerce to participate in Downtown Strong, a new initiative of the N.C. Main Street & Rural Planning Center. The program will provide downtown revitaliza…

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WEST JEFFERSON — At the town of West Jefferson’s Board of Aldermen meeting March 4, town manager Brantley Price brought forward a resolution for the aldermen to approve and sign which applies for an exception to a state law limiting the amount of unconnected land a town or city may annex.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen meeting on March 4 featured a presentation from Dave Albin of Firewalk Adventures asking to close Market Street on April 6.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, March 7, at the Ashe County Courthouse, where more than 300 charges were heard. Christina R. Boone, Shelia S. Boone, Adam N. Campbell, Chelsea A. Cobb, Jack J. Cobbler, Eric J. Davis, Jannie L. Dixon, Joseph D. Eller, Joseph T. Green …

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RALEIGH — Bills filed in both chambers of state legislature Tuesday, March 5 seek to make North Carolina the 38th state to ratify the long-proposed Equal Rights Amendment, in turn giving it approval from the necessary number of states to be accepted by Congress as an amendment to the U.S. Co…

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ASHE COUNTY — Following a record-setting wet 2018, rain, snow and more rain continued through January and February 2019, making February the wettest in more than two decades, according to National Weather Service data.

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JEFFERSON — A .22-caliber bullet was found on the floor of a Mountain View Elementary School fifth grade classroom Thursday, March 7, according to Ashe County Superintendent Phyllis Yates.

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The following information was provided by the Ashe County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The investigation into the Ashe County High School graffiti threat is ongoing, according to Ashe County Superintendent Phyllis Yates. The Ashe County Sheriff's Office is continuing to look into the threat, and law enforcement officers remained on site Wednesday, March 6. 

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HIGH COUNTRY — In a controversial decision, the United Methodist Church voted to restrict language regarding sexuality and accountability related to marriage and ordination of LGBTQ persons during a special session of the UMC General Conference in St. Louis Feb. 24-26.

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WEST JEFFERSON — New information was provided to parents about a newly discovered Ashe County High School graffiti threat in the form of a press release from Ashe County Superintendent Phyllis Yates late Tuesday night.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court was held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Ashe County Courthouse, where more than 75 charges were heard. Matthew L. Bachiocchi, Duane A. Church Jr., Morgan S. Roten and Richard K. Ward were among those whose cases were seen.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Planning Board held a special meeting Feb. 26 at West Jefferson Town Hall to go over three potential text amendments to the town’s laws. The board does not actually make the changes directly, rather they make recommendations to the board of aldermen.

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WEST JEFFERSON — A threatening graffiti message has been located at Ashe County High School, according to a release from Ashe County Superintendent Phyllis Yates. This marks the third threat found at an Ashe County school in 2019, with the other two being found at Ashe County Middle School.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Farmers Market was the first item of business for the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen at their March 4 meeting. Speaking to the aldermen on behalf of the market was ACFM Board Vice President Amanda Gentry.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen agreed to financially commit to the Ashe County Public Library’s parking lot expansion project at its monthly meeting Monday, March 4. While the plan was to wait until the town finalized their budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year, a deal wa…

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JEFFERSON — Effective July 1, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners will host one morning and one evening meeting each month, rather than the current schedule of twice-monthly morning meetings, as decided by a 3-2 vote to change meeting times at the board’s March 4 meeting.

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HIGH COUNTRY — It’s the time of year for clocks to spring forward, as Daylight Saving Time will kick off at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10 in North Carolina.

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ASHE COUNTY — A cold night is coming up west of the Blue Ridge Monday, March 4, according to a special weather statement from the National Weather Service.

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JEFFERSON — Ashe County Superior Court will be held March 11, with five different people on the docket facing nine total charges. Victoria L. Goodman, Earl D. Marmie, Tony G. Miller, Jennifer K. Walton and Allison K. Wright will have their cases seen.

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The following wreck reports have been released by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety in Ashe County.

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WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department responded to a diesel spill at the West Jefferson Speedway Thursday, Feb. 28 afternoon. According to Speedway employee Barbara Dishman, the spill happened when someone wasn’t paying attention and pumped gallons of diesel onto the …

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RALEIGH — State House Representatives Ray Russell (D-Boone) and Josh Dobson (R-Nebo) filed a bill to allow school calendar flexibility in Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watauga Counties due to mountain weather conditions that force school closures more often than in other parts of the state, acco…